# Math Projects

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Introduction

We are all able to know and understand the world around us through
language, logical-mathematical analysis, spatial representation, musical
thinking, the use of the body to solve problems/make things as well as an
understanding of ourselves and others. This ideology is taken from the ideas
of Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Model.

The projects below use Gardner’s Model to engage students the way they
learn best. They also allow teachers to gain a picture of their student’s innate
interest and their true ability. For the next 3rd math project, students will
choose one of the following projects to complete and present.

Draw a Cartoon                  Perform a Demonstration
Report on a Mathematician       Create a Puzzle
Sing a Song                     Role Play a Situation

#1 Drawing a Cartoon

Summary: This project must contain a comic strip that demonstrates or
explains a mathematical technique or concept.
Requirements: The comic strip must contain...

   eight panels minimum,
   clearly drawn characters,
   an explanation of a mathematical technique, concept, or rule,
   element(s) of humor, irony, drama, ...
   2-3 minute oral presentation

Examples: multiplication
perimeter or area of a rectangle
telling time
measuring angles
partial sums
division
#2 Performing a Demonstration

Summary: This project is for students who enjoy showing people how to do new
things and/or create models. This may involve describing how
certain tiles completely cover the plane [tessellations], how paper
can be folded to make interesting shapes [origami], or some other
physical demonstration that involves a mathematical principle.
Requirements: The demonstration must contain...

   a physical model, prop, object, or product,
   a typed detailed demonstration that explains a process
involving some mathematical principle, property or concept,
   2-3 minute oral presentation

#3 Reporting on a Mathematician
The Life of Al-Khwarizmi the Author of Al-Jabr

Summary: This project asks the student to detail the life of a mathematician. It is
for students who enjoy doing independent research using the
Internet and/or library resources.
Requirements: The report must contain...

   info about the life and history of the mathematician [date of
birth/death, place of residence, anecdotal stories
   typed final version or Power Point
   Mathematical discoveries like contributions to society,
technology, or field of mathematics, benefit humankind
   bibliography
   2-3 minute oral presentation
#4 Creating a Puzzle

Summary: This project is for students who enjoy creating spatial displays as in
cross word puzzles.
Requirements: The puzzle must contain...

   a list of at least twenty-five (25) math clues that are clearly
written and understandable
   proper grammar and spelling
   2-3 minute oral presentation

#5 Sing a Song

Summary: This project is for students who enjoy using their singing talents to
express a mathematical principle and/or concept.
Requirements: The singing project must contain...

   one page of lyrics that explain or describe a mathematical
principle and/or concept,
   a parody of an existing song or an original work
   2-3 oral presentation either live or recorded
#6 Role-Play

Summary: This project is for students who enjoy being creative in front of an
audience.
Requirements: The role-playing project must contain...

     one or more pages typed script, poem or play that explains or
describes a mathematical principle and/or concept
     it can be a parody of an existing theatrical performance or an
original song
     a professional delivery [dramatic, humorous, informative]
     2-3 minute oral presentation either live or taped

Project Phases – Timeline
All students must follow the timeline procedures below

1. Decide on a project and get parent and teacher signature for approval (Week 1)
2. Develop a written initial plan to be reviewed by the teacher (Week 2)
3. Complete the final draft and turn in (Week 3)

Projects are worth 50 points! Each project will be rated on its own merits based on the
requirements. Once the factors are determined, the sum will be multiplied by two to achieve
the true point value.

Factor                            Weak ---- Strong
Project Phases                    0 1 2 3 4 5
Creativity                        0 1 2 3 4 5
Math Content                      0 1 2 3 4 5
Neatness                          0 1 2 3 4 5
Presentation                      0 1 2 3 4 5

   Project Phase – meeting the timeline indicated above
   Creativity – originality of the project
   Math Content - quality of written mathematical subject matter
   Neatness - represents organization and cleanliness
   Presentation – 2-3 minute report presented in front of the class

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